How to create an exhibition from… a newspaper

Goethe-Institut Sofia presents Pleasure & Pressure - a multifunctional publication created by 14 young Bulgarian artists

Photo: Radostin Sedevchev

On 27 April at 6.30pm the long-term project Art and Politics will conclude with Goethe-Institut Bulgaria presenting in its Sofia gallery the first and the only publication of the newspaper Pleasure & Pressure, created by 14 young Bulgarian artists during a workshop by the same name, directed by Luchezar Boyadjiev.

The pop-up exhibition will show the collaborative works of art by Antonia Dimitrova, Antoni Rayzhekov, Boyana Dzikova, Galina Dimitrova-Dimova, Krasimira Butseva, Miryana Todorova, Nikola Mihov, Radostin Sedevchev, Rayna Teneva, Sophia Grancharova, Harita Asumani and Yana Lineva. In addition to the collection of visual and social experiments exploring the boundary between art and politics and documenting the authors' views on art beyond institutions, visitors will have the opportunity to meet the curator Luchezar Boyadjiev as well as some of the project participants and to learn how to create an exhibition from a newspaper.

Pleasure & Pressure is a newspaper, art publication and exhibition at the same time - a multifunctional edition that can be easily transformed at any place the readers wish and in any form they want. For this purpose, the pages of the newspaper should be separated and the works that best reflect the readers' curatorial intuition for art and politics should be selected. The exhibition consists of eight artistic projects that can be arranged in almost unlimited number of combinations. The artworks are provoked by the present, and each 'reading' brings new interpretations. Despite their diversity, all 24 pages of the publication follow a specific synchronicity in the way that the artists treat the theme of the relationship between art and politics.

“Starting from the shared doubt about politics in art, we reached a model consent with regard to cultural policies or those of any other area of ​​life in our society,” said Luchezar Boyadjiev, who directed the Art and Politics workshop.

During the newspaper's premiere presentation, the visitors will be able to get a copy of the publication (in Bulgarian and/or English), which they can take home and then curate (their first) exhibition all by themselves. A digital version of the publication can be seen here.

The first and last edition of the Pleasure & Pressure newspaper is realised by Goethe-Institut Bulgaria together with ifa (Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations) in Germany.

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